Keeping Drugmakers Honest

Do you have any interest in telling the FDA what you really think about drug ads? Well, then I have a campaign for you: check out Prescription for Change. Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, is running this grassroots push to gather 50,000 signatures to dump on the FDA’s doorstep — calling for better reporting of drug side effects.
Their beef is this:
“Drug companies often fail to present the benefits and risks…

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Why Most Drugstore Diabetes Pubs Suck

When you go in to your local Walgreens, Rite-Aid, CVS or the like, do you find racks of those colorful but flimsy little throw-away diabetes magazines staring at you? Do you ever pick them up and look through them? Well I just can’t help myself. And often times, they make me really mad.
Last month, for example, I picked up a copy of something called Diabetes Health Monitor, which brags on the cover that it’s…

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The Seven Words of Wisdom Contest for Diabetes

Hey All, Michelle actually jumped on my original idea, which was to host an official contest for the best Seven Words of Wisdom for Living with Diabetes. See my start at the end of this morning’s post.
You may or may not be familiar with Michael Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food” and his famous 7-word manifesto: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Tons of people have jumped on this idea, and the New…

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Regime Du Jour

A few notes today on what’s up with my personal diabetes regimen:
I restarted the Guardian RT continuous monitor a few days ago. I find that I have to take breaks because my poor belly is scarring up fast due to long-term OmniPod and other sensor wear. As a result, I’m getting many more frequent occlusion errors — which means a clog or blockage at the infusion site. In this case, it’s not a tubing…

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Diabetes Blogs Can Change Your Life

Michaela Byrnes (nickname Kayla) is an adorable 21-year-old college student in Massachusetts who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes five years ago. She found me online recently — and through me, discovered the entire Diabetes OC. I’m very grateful to report that our just “being here” seems to have helped change at least this one life.
“My mom actually found this stuff, around Thanksgiving 2007,” Kayla tells me. “At first I wasn’t that interested, because…

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